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Sleep Medications

Sleep promoting medications (sometimes called hypnotics) are listed in this section. 

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Benzodiazepines is a group of medications used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, seizure disorders, symptoms of catatonia, to promote sleep, and for several other purposes.

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Clonidine (Catapres®, Dixarit®)

Clonidine is a non-stimulant medication used to treat ADHD, tic disorders, irritability of autism and disruptive behaviour disorders.

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Trazodone (Desyrel®)

Trazodone is an antidepressant medication that is commonly used to promote sleep.

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Zolpidem (Sublinox®)

Zolpidem is commonly referred to as a “sleeping pill.” It is used for the relief of sleeping difficulties (insomnia) by children or adolescents.

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